Mayor Eric Garcetti is slated to give a brief speech Saturday during a virtual conference on the effects of climate change with representatives of the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France.
The U.K. is co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit with the United Nations and France to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, a global pact aimed at averting catastrophic climate change.
The United States formally exited the Paris Agreement last month at the behest of President Donald Trump.
Sources with knowledge of Garcetti’s schedule told City News Service that the mayor is not attending the virtual summit on behalf of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, and his speech is expected to last about 90 seconds.
Garcetti was one of the co-chairs of Biden’s national election campaign, and he was among those tapped Monday to co-chair the Jan. 20 inauguration. The mayor has sought to end speculation in recent days as to whether he would accept a cabinet position in Biden’s administration if offered by repeatedly saying he has is not seeking such a post.
It was not immediately clear whether there will be a link for the public to view the summit live, but the U.N. typically posts statements and videos from events after they’ve ended.
More information is expected to become available closer to the date of the summit at www.cas2021.com/latest/events/2020/12/12/climate-ambition-summit.